Homicide is the only leading cause of child death which has increased in rank in the past 30 years.
This investigation describes the deaths of 0-14 year olds which were classified as homicides by the Los Angeles Police Department from 1980 to 1989.
Special focus is given to suspect-to-victim relationship and victim race/ethnicity because of their relevance to prevention and program planning.
Family members were suspects in 49.8% of the cases (mother, 14.5% ; father, 13.6% ; mother's paramour, 8.5% ; male and female caretaker, 11.1% ; other family members, 2.1%). Few differences emerged among the Black, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic White child victims.
Non-Hispanic White victims had the highest proportion (67.7%) and Hispanic victims had the lowest proportion (42.7%) of within-family suspects.
Prevention implications include the need to focus on the actions of male caregivers and the observation that the substance and content of prevention programs (e.g., an emphasis on reducing blunt force trauma to young children) can be consistent across race/ethnic groups.
Mots-clés Pascal : Enfant maltraité, Meurtre, Trouble comportement social, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Californie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Milieu urbain, Environnement social, Facteur risque, Homme, Victimologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Child abuse, Murder, Social behavior disorder, Prevalence, Epidemiology, California, United States, North America, America, Urban environment, Social environment, Risk factor, Human, Victimology
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0173107
Code Inist : 002B18F02. Création : 11/09/1998.